I have seen posts asking about the value and necessity of paying for DHPP and I talked to Dish and got some additional information to clarify things. Rented or leased equipment is automatically warranteed. DHPP will cover the cost of shipping the unit for repair ($14.95). Of course DHPP covers repair to other items and in home service but I was mainly concerned with the coverage of the VIP 622. I didn't ask about "adding" DHPP after something breaks but that would be my approach after the initial free DHPP goes I am getting expires.